What a week! What a show! Sticks and Stones Kindness Residency

Remember that last storm that was supposed to hit Boxford? Instead of snow, Spofford Pond experienced a flood of kindness, confidence and togetherness on March 22. —With continued flurries of praise for the overall impact on our students, staff and families. It’s title was “Sticks and Stones: Words DO Matter” and it was a six-day artist-residency about the power of kindness that culminated in a performance by 6th graders.

Throughout the six days, Skip Brunette and Jeff Erwin of Trashcan Lid Productions worked with our students on how to live with mindfulness and empathy, the importance of reaching out and being an upstander, the meaning and value of healthy risks and self-confidence, and the power of working together in the name of kindness. And they did it all with original songs, re-purposed instruments, multi-media performance, and an amazing rapport with the kids.

From the kick-off assembly where they introduced us to Ralph, to a session with every 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade class, to three in-depth sessions with each 6th grade class, to the final assembly and evening family performance ~ the good feelings and positive impact are palpable. We are so proud of our 6th Graders who put on an amazing show. If you haven’t already, please speak to your child about his or her experience. And if you support the Boxford PTO, please accept our heartfelt thanks for making this possible!

And to top it all off, Boxford Cable TV recorded the show and will be airing it over the next couple weeks. Many, many thanks to Brad Sweet and his staff for their kind and generous support!

We GREATLY thank all of you!  It is because of the parental support  in our community through the Boxford PTO that we were able to have  funding for this residency.  Thank you PTO for always bringing in these extra special enriching experiences for our students!   We especially want to express our sincere gratitude to Mrs. Bonnie Thornborough–who coordinated this entire event for the children and our staff.  She was absolutely amazing throughout the entire week!  🙂